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Conservatories in Tyneside – Difference between the conservatory and orangery

Conservatories in Tyneside

One of the most common questions that people often ask about conservatories in Tyneside – What is the difference between an orangery and a conservatory?

To put it simply the conservatory is a glass encasement that has a pitched glazed roof and a brick base. Whereas, an orangery is a brick structure with a flat roof, large windows, and preferably a glass lantern, hanging down from the roof.

Origins of the orangery

We first need to understand how orangeries and conservatories developed, to really understand the subtle differences between the two. To maximize light infiltration, large glazed windows were used in an orangery, which primarily served as an area to grow fruits. In the renaissance period, Italy and Holland developed glass technology where clear and wide and large glass windows, were first constructed. Solid structures could be built to maximise light and benefit from the sunlight while taking advantage of the large window technology. Citrus fruits and exotic plants could now grow protected from the winter cold in 17th century Europe since buildings could now have large windows.

In the 19th century, orangeries began to feature a central glazed lantern for more light. It quickly became an ornate status symbol trend featuring impressive architecture although they originated as a practical means to cultivate fruits.

Difference between the conservatory and orangery

Modern conservatories and orangeries are difficult to differentiate but in the olden times, they were easily recognised. Knowledge of these differences will also help homeowners with their buying process.

Contemporary orangeries are found in smaller homes and come with glazed structures much like the conservatory. In modern times, the roof is still solid, and a lantern may adorn it. An internal pelmet or a flat roof is seen around the perimeter of the ceiling. There are pillars made of brick along with insulated aluminium columns that add grandeur.

Conservatories are also made from glass or polycarbonate panels bringing the outside inside. But they do not accommodate the grandeur and solidity of the orangery. Today’s conservatories do feel cosy much like the orangery and come with thermally efficient technology including internal insulated pelmets and columns with high-performance glass. You can create something stylish and unique with the myriad design options available in terms of decorative cornices and colours.

In an orangery, you can exclude brick pillars and design it with floor-to-ceiling glass, too. It means the orangery can be made to look like a conservatory.

Basics of an orangery

  • South-facing tall windows
  • Brick or stone building
  • Central glass lantern hanging from a flat roof
  • Stove as a heat source
  • Heat retention at night enabled with wooden shutters on the windows

At Priory Windows, we let the customer take complete control over the style and options of your orangeries and conservatories in Tyneside while we ensure that you get an installation and quality, just as you expect.

You can call us on 0191 251 2999 or message us with any enquiries. You can also visit out Showroom in Whitley Bay.